-Submitted by David Drumm (Nal), Guest Blogger
Astronomers have discovered what appears to be a 600-light-year wide ribbon of supercooled material at the center of our galaxy. They used the European Space Agency’s infrared Herschel Space Observatory to get the high resolution image shown above. Ground based radio telescopes have indicated the ribbon is spinning around the galactic center as a cohesive unit.
H/T: Wired Science.
14 thoughts on “Mobius Strip At Center Of Milky Way”
Bravo, yoj were visited with a remarkable idea
Here is the companion site looking for the ring of bright water: http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2011/01/enigma-black-holes-glow-with-a-hot-ring-of-light.html
If the ‘ring of bright water’ detaches itself and warps to form a mobius strip, would that not appear as a taijitu when seen from above or below?
The photo reminded me of this beautiful, rare 1960 song by the late Mark Dinning.
I sent this story to a friend who is a theoretical physicist. She had not seen it. A couple of hours after I emailed it to her, I got this response:
Thanks for the news Nal. The mobius strip feature might answer some questions about galactic motion, we’re going to need a higher resolution image to find out though:
Gorgeous. Spectacular. (Thanks for posting it, Nal.)
This is way cool. It is going to give physicists and astronomers something to ponder for years to come.
Gonna have to do a bit of research on this discovery and find out a bit more about it. Very interesting to say the least.
The animated gif image isn’t very animated. Click on the Wired link to see what it’s supposed to look like. 🙁
And to think I have pondered this question for year…..lol…
Hey, Nal! It looks familiar:
All we have to do now is find another galaxy with a Mobius strip at the center, sew them together along the edge and we’ll have a Klein bottle at the center of the galaxy! 😉
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